What do you know about breast health?

Did you know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime? Knowing your breast and "your normal" could be the key to early detection and prevention. YNHH medical oncologist Andrea Silber, MD, associate clinical professor of Medical Oncology at Yale School of Medicine, will discuss breast health, density and guidelines for mammograms at a free lecture held from 6 - 7 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the Cronin Auditorium, YNHH Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street. Free parking is provided; bring ticket to lecture for validation. Call 1-888-700-6543 or register online.


CareCard Program offers free lectures during October

The CareCard Program, which offers programming to adults ages 50 and over, is hosting a series of free lectures during October that are open to the public. All lectures take place in the Cronin Auditorium on the Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street. Free parking is provided. To register, call 1-888-700-6543 or online.

  • Depression in Older Adults6 - 7 pm on Thursday, Oct. 6. At some point in their lives, most people experience some form of depression. Join YNHH geriatrician Gerard J. Kerins, MD, who will discuss the prevalence, signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment approaches for depression in older adults.
  • The Winter "Blues" 6 - 7 pm on Thursday, Oct. 20.  During the winter months do you find yourself "out of sorts"? You could be among those individuals who have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Paul Desan, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, will talk about the symptoms, prevalence and treatments.
  • Stressing about Clutter? 6 - 7 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 25.  Whether you want to reorganize your home or down-size, tackling these tasks may seem overwhelming. There are methods you can use to make de-cluttering simple and efficient. Rosemary Chieppo, of Born to Organize, will discuss the essentials on how to get organized and keep clutter out.
  • Oh, My Aching Joints! 6 - 7 pm on Thursday, Oct. 27.  Are you experiencing pain, stiffness or swelling in your knee and/or hip joint? Could it be osteoarthritis? Join Mary O'Connor MD, director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale New Haven Hospital/Yale School of Medicine, and professor of Orthopedics, for an discussion on causes, symptoms and treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip joint.


Walk 'N Talk with area doctors on Saturdays in October

Take a walk and chat with local doctors as part of Yale New Haven Health System's Get Healthy Walk 'N Talk. Held on each Saturday in October from 9 - 10:30 am at the Farmington Canal Trail in New Haven. Walkers should meet at 8:30 am at the Thompson Street entrance between Newhall and Shelton Streets. Register at www.eventbrite.com (search for Get Healthy Walk 'N Talk). For more information, email Andy Orefice or call 203-688-5671.


Walter Camp Day to benefit YNHH Toy Closet Program

Each year, the Walter Camp Football Foundation partners with the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary to host "Walter Camp Day in support of the Auxiliary's Toy Closet Program," which provides new, age-appropriate and educational toys to pediatric patients at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. This year's event will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Yale Bowl, when the Yale Bulldogs take on the University of Pennsylvania Quakers. Kickoff is at 7 pm. All fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toy Closet Program will receive free admission into the game. Yale Bowl is at 81 Central Avenue, New Haven. For more information, call 203-688-5717.


S.O.S.: Stamp Out Strokes

The Stamp Out Stroke (S.O.S.) program is a community outreach initiative to increase stroke awareness. Sponsored by the Yale New Haven Stroke Center since 2005, nurse volunteers conduct health screenings and educate people about the risk factors and warning signs of stroke at local events each year. The S.O.S. team reaches out to more than 400 community participants who attend health fairs and other social events. For more information or to request a nurse volunteer for your upcoming function, please contact Patricia Genero or call 203-737-2095.

A support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers is held every month at the YNHH Saint Raphael Campus on Verdi 4 East. Registration is required. Call the YNHH Stroke Center at 203-737-1057.


Long Ridge Medical Center is now open

Residents of Fairfield County now have even greater access to a higher level and array of outpatient services at the new Long Ridge Medical Center, conveniently located between the Merritt Parkway and Interstate 95 at 260 Long Ridge Road in Stamford. The 50,000-square-foot facility is a collaborative effort between Greenwich Hospital, Yale Medicine and its Center for Musculoskeletal Care, and primary care physicians with Yale New Haven Health's Northeast Medical Group (NEMG). At Long Ridge Medical Center, patients have access to comprehensive diagnostic imaging, including CT scan, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound and bone densitometry. Rheumatology and neurology infusion along with blood draw services are also available. Staffed by physicians from Yale Medicine, the Center for Musculoskeletal Care offers multidisciplinary services, including orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, physiatry and rheumatology. NEMG physicians provide adult primary care services. Visit the site or call 475-240-5762.


The YNHH Auxiliary needs you!

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary is a diverse and dynamic group of women and men who play a vital role in helping Yale New Haven Hospital better serve patients, support the community and fulfill the hospital's mission. The YNHH Auxiliary has donated millions of dollars toward hospital programs, services, scholarships and health education in the community, and made major contributions that most recently included a $1 million pledge to support both the YNHH Musculoskeletal Center and the Obstetrical and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NNICU). The organization supports a variety of programs that benefit hospital programs and community outreach efforts, from providing age-appropriate toys to pediatric patients through the Toy Closet program to community-based health education programs. The Auxiliary Board is composed of community leaders, corporate executives, professionals, dedicated parents and employees, all committed to helping Yale New Haven Hospital serve its patients, families and community better. For more information, visit the YNHH Auxiliary pages or, to become a member, call 203-688-5717 or send an email.


AARP Driver Safety Program at YNHH

The roads have changed. Cars and the technology inside them have changed. Even the people behind the wheel have changed. As drivers, if we don't keep up with those changes, we put others and ourselves at risk. The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation's largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. Completion of this half-day driving course may entitle you to a discount of up to 15 percent on your car insurance. The next course held at YNHH will be offered on Monday, Oct. 10 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. For location details and registration, call 203-789-3275.


Free Blood Pressure Screenings

YNHH offers free blood pressure screenings at a variety of community sites. Call 203-789-3275 for a list of locations and times.

Got a legal question? Ask a lawyer!

"Ask a Lawyer," a free consultation for simple legal questions, will be held from 9 am – noon on Thursday, Oct. 13. The session is offered by the New Haven County Bar Association. Registration is required. Call 203-789-3275 for an appointment.


Need a doctor? We can help!

YNHH provides free information about and referrals to more than 2,600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-700-6543 or visit online for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. YNHH physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.


Billing questions?

Yale New Haven Hospital offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are available. Additionally, evening sessions are scheduled once a month — the next two are Monday, Oct. 17 and Monday, Nov. 21 from 5 to 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.